Florence: Giulio Giannini & Son, . Sixteenmo pamphlet, measuring 5.75 x 3.75 inches: . Original red, green, and yellow patterned paper wrappers, pastedown label to upper wrapper. Two black-and-white views of Florence; seven halftone reproductions of paintings printed on rectos only. Endnotes at rear. Occasional spot of foxing.
Florentine pocket edition of Robert Browning’s 1855 meditation on early Italian Renaissance painters: “There stands the Master. Study, my friends, / What a man’s work comes to! So he plans it, / Performs it, perfects it, makes amends / For the toiling and moiling, and then, sic transit!” Printed by Giulio Giannini, who specialized in attractive souvenirs of Italy for English tourists abroad. A near-fine example of an ephemeral production, bound in patterned Florentine paper.